Date: 2/22/21 7:49 pm
From: dan.cerveny <dan.cerveny...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Pileated woodpecker in Cedar Rapids
While shoveling snow off the edge of my roof this morning, I just happened
to get a glimpse of a large, dark bird flying into the upper part of a
large oak tree a couple houses away. It was not immediately visible when I
focused my eyes on the tree, but it began calling with a unique sound I was
not familiar with. I was feeling pretty excited. I thought, "Could this
possibly be a pileated woodpecker?" It was! The bird flew over to a part
of the tree that was broken during the derecho last August and hung out
there for several minutes, poking its head into crevices. I was able to
get a good look with my binoculars. I feel quite lucky. I'll probably
never see another one.

I live on the west side of Cedar Rapids, where ebird shows no other
pileated woodpecker sightings.

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